Joanna Riding to host SSSPOTY 2019
The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments today announce the West End gala of the 13th annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY) and the 12th anniversary of The Stiles + Drewe Prize.
The 2019 competition is being staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on Sunday 9 June, hosted by two-time Olivier Award winner and star of the current revival of Follies at the National Theatre, Joanna Riding. Chris Hocking returns to direct the gala, with musical direction by Nigel Lilley, and a guest performance by 2018 SSSSPOTY winner Alex Cardall.
This annual competition, co-produced by The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments, sees 12 of the top student performers from musical theatre and drama schools across the UK each perform a song by Stephen Sondheim, and a new musical theatre song written by members of Mercury Musical Developments.